Introduction to Shader Programming

YeonDoo Media
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Part of the difficulty of new comers to the
field of real-time graphics to grasp the concept of shaders stems from the fact
that most of the classic computer graphics literature concentrates more on the
graphics techniques you are trying to achieve (e.g. realistic lighting, post
processing effects). The classic literature either provides a heavily academic
explanation of shaders or barely contains explanations of what a shader
actually is, most of the time just providing some sample shader boiler plate
templates and leaving it at that. While there are also many books dedicated
exclusively to real-time 3D graphics shader programming, they either assume
working knowledge of shaders or barely touch on the basics in a way that is friendly
to new comers - and all of them assume that the only people writing shaders are
experienced programmers completely forgetting that, thanks to the advances in
tools, more and more shaders are now being written in a large part by artists.

With “Introduction to Shader Programming”,
Pope Kim has finally closed that big gap in the real-time 3D graphics
literature. This book is an invaluable teaching resource, filling the need for
anyone needing to understand how shaders work in a practical and
straightforward way, while teaching at the same time the bases needed for
understanding more advanced shader books and techniques in a very friendly
manner. Thanks to this book, shaders will no longer be black magic but useful
tools for anyone interested in the subject.

- Daniel Barrero, PhD

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About the author

Pope Kim

‘Pope Kim is a seasoned rendering programmer with over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry. While working with top game studios, such as Electronic Arts and Relic Entertainment, he has shipped over a dozen of games on many platforms, including Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 and PSP. He is now working as a technical consultant for both established and start-up companies.

He has degrees in Law and Computer Science, and is an occasional presenter at computer graphics or game developer conferences, such as SIGGRAPH and Korea Game Conference.

He is also a Microsoft MVP for Visual C++ and part-time educator. He served his 3 years at the Art Institute of Vancouver as a HLSL programming instructor and currently holds a professor position at Sogong University Game Education Center.

You can follow Pope at or on Twitter at @BlindRenderer’

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YeonDoo Media
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Mar 1, 2014
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Computers / Programming / Games
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In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, this guide will help you create great 2D and 3D games for any platform with the 100% free Godot 3.0 game engine. Its straightforward, step-by-step approach guides you from basic scenes, graphics, and game flow through advanced shaders, environments, particle rendering, and networked games. Godot’s co-creator and main contributorwalk you through building three complete games, offering advanced techniques you won’t find anywhere else.

Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Godot engine programming tasks and techniques

Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn

Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills

Notes and tips point out shortcuts, solutions, and problems to avoid

Learn how to…

· Install Godot, create projects, and use the visual editor

· Master the scene system, and organize games with Scene Trees

· Create 2D graphics, 3D graphics, and animations

· Use basic and advanced scripting to perform many game tasks

· Process player input from any source

· Control game flow, configurations, and resources

· Maximize realism with Godot’s physics and particle systems

· Make the most of 3D shaders, materials, lighting, and shadows

· Control effects and post-processing

· Build richer, more sophisticated game universes with viewports

· Develop networked games, from concepts to communication and input

· Export games to the devices you’ve targeted

· Integrate native code, third-party APIs, and engine extensions (bonus chapter)

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